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Namık Tan (born 1956 in Mardin, Turkey) was the ambassador of Turkey to the United States. He holding that office since February 2010 until May 2014. He was a former ambassador of Turkey to Israel between 2007 and 2009.[1] He also served in the United Arab Emirates, Russia, and in senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Namık Tan
Namık Tan
Turkish Ambassador to United States
In office
25 February 2010 – 31 March 2014
Preceded byNabi Şensoy
Succeeded bySerdar Kılıç
Turkish Ambassador to Israel
In office
22 January 2007 – 23 July 2009
Preceded byFeridun Sinirlioğlu
Succeeded byOğuz Çelikkol
Personal details
Born1956 (age 62–63)
Mardin, Turkey

Early lifeEdit

Tan's family traces its ancestral roots to Bulgaria, Greece, Ossetia, Syria, and elsewhere. He became interested in diplomacy at a young age. His father was a Turkish administrator and his work required the family to move around frequently. This broad exposure prompted Tan to take the foreign service examination. He studied law but did not become a lawyer.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Biography, Washington Embassy of Turkey.
  2. ^ Tristan Abbey, "A Conversation with Namik Tan," The American Interest (February 13, 2012).
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Nabi Şensoy
Turkey Ambassador to United States
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Feridun Sinirlioğlu
Turkey Ambassador to Israel
Succeeded by
Ahmet Oğuz Çelikkol